Boston, MA, January 20, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Eyran Records announces the highly anticipated DVD release of Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition, American Premiere in Jordan Hall, a live concert by master jazz and classical pianists, Eyran Katsenelenbogen (Boston, United States) and Andrei Ivanovitch (Saint Petersburg, Russia) (Eyran Records 9009. Street date: May 2, 2011).
Eyran and Andrei's two-piano onstage dialogue weaves together classical and jazz styles in a revolutionary interpretation of Mussorgsky's timeless masterpiece. Pictures at an Exhibition is performed as one organic and unified piece, with all thirteen movements presented in their original order. Each movement is approached differently as the two distinguished international pianists explore how composition and improvisation come together in a creative and unique way.
“Eyran Katsenelenbogen answers each picture with a jazz improvisation to the classic setting of Andrei Ivanovitch: Breathtaking, brilliant and exciting… an absolute sensation that will go down in the history of special concert events.” - Bettina Stenftenagel Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)
About the History of Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition
Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition was conceived by philanthropist and concert producer Gerhard Hummer of Sossmar, Germany. Mr. Hummer met Andrei Ivanovitch during Andrei’s tour in Germany in 2004. The following year he met Eyran Katsenelenbogen in Rome at Eyran’s concert at the Teatro di Marcello. Gerhard first invited both pianists separately to perform at his Culture Salon in Soosmar, and in 2007, he organized a tour for both pianists in Germany. The world premiere of Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition took place during this tour, at the C. Bechstein Centrum in Hamburg, Germany, on October 10, 2007. It was followed by additional concerts in Peine, Seesen and Barsinghusen. The following year the program was played at the Auditorium Maximum at Hildesheim. Also in 2008, Eyran was invited by the St. Petersburg concert agency to perform the program with Andrei in St. Petersburg, as part of the Piano Express Festival. The Russian premiere took place on November 28, 2008 at Mirrors Hall in St. Petersburg. The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted in its prestigious Jordan Hall the American premiere of Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition on May 24, 2009. 873 people attended the American premiere.
Eyran and Andrei continue their international solo touring in 2011, as well as their collaborative touring with Classical Meets jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition. On September 4, 2011, they will perform the program in a special concert at the Burg Namedy Castle in Andernach, Germany.
A Personal Statement from the Artists:
"In creating the program for Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition, we honor Gerhard Hummer's belief that music can unify people from different cultures. Throughout the continued process of performing Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition, our friendship has grown. We owe this friendship to Gerhard, whose friendship we cherish. We find that this program has also deeply affected our individual musical styles. While Andrei is excited about improvising, Eyran has developed a love for Russian classical music."
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Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition
Composed by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Arranged and performed by Eyran Katsenelenbogen and Andrei Ivanovitch (Eyran Records Publishing – ASCAP)
~ The Old Castle
~ The Tuileries Garden
~ Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
~ Two Jews: Rich and Poor
~ Limoges: The Marketplace
~ With the Dead in a Dead Language
~ The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baby Yaga)
~ The Great Gate of Kiev
~ Including two bonus solo encores
Total DVD Running Time, Including Encores is 48 minutes
Produced by Richard Malcolm and Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Recorded Live in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA.
Recorded on May 24, 2009
Video & DVD Productions by Richard Malcolm
Cameras Operation by Nathaniel Butler, Daniel Duarte, Ryan Jorgensen, Jennifer Lin and Richard Malcolm
Audio Recording by Jeremy Sarna
Artist Photography by Vincere Sylph
Jordan Hall Photography by Nick Wheeler
Graphic Design by Abby Getman
Eyran Katsenelenbogen performs on an American Steinway D concert grand piano
Andrei Ivanovitch performs on a German Steinway D concert grand piano
Eyran Records 9009
This project was made possible with funding from New England Conservatory.